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“You’ve Got a Friend” in the ICTU April 12, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics, The Left.
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Last week we had a post about Fianna Fails John Hanafin receiving a nomination to the Labour Panel from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Well here’s another ICTU nomination to the Labour Panel … … Fianna Fails Ned O’Sullivan.


1. WorldbyStorm - April 12, 2011

This is great. A full list of whose given the nod by ICTU would be very handy… 😉

And why they’re given the nod… and why…


irishelectionliterature - April 12, 2011

Have a bunch of 40 or so candidates leaflets from the various Panels. From what I have the only ones I see that are nominated by the ICTU are the two Fianna Failers!
The reverse of Ned O’Sullivans leaflet (which I’m adding to the post now) is all about winning a seat for Fianna Fail and nothing else.
If you go back and look at the letter from Cieran Perry in the original post it proves his point even further.


WorldbyStorm - April 12, 2011

That’s all too believable, not least in the context of what eugene says below.


Mark P - April 12, 2011

I suppose we can take it for granted that Cieran never got a reply?


Tomboktu - April 12, 2011

From what I have the only ones I see that are nominated by the ICTU are the two Fianna Failers!

I thought that there is a Labour councillor from Wicklow who didn’t get the party nod, and went and got himself a Congress nomination.


irishelectionliterature - April 13, 2011

You could be right but I’m just going from the Leaflets I have which include Labour candidates John Kelly, Sean O’Grady and Aideen Hayden and Marie Moloney


Paddy M - April 13, 2011

List of nominees at:


There’s one FGer nominated by ICTU (Terry Brennan from Louth) along with Joe O’Callaghan who was FG at the time of the last local elections, having previously been in Labour.


Ian - April 30, 2011

ICTU nominated – Terry Brennan FG, John Hanafin FF, Marie Moloney Labour, Barry Nevin Labour, Joe O Callaghan FG and Michael O Reilly (I presume Mick?)- Brennan, O Sullivan and Moloney got elected.


2. HAL - April 12, 2011

Having Union membership is a pre-requisite, no.Are these guys ex school teachers or something similar?


WorldbyStorm - April 12, 2011

Well, you know yourself, it’s amazing how many FFers are members of unions, and not just members, but in positions of some influence.


HAL - April 12, 2011

What FFs are in a position of power Name and Shame same goes for FG.


3. eugene - April 12, 2011

Fianna Fail and the Irish Labour Party two main influences inside trade union movement. Labour had a lot of influence inside the old FWUI which came together with IT&GWU to form SIPTU. Both have influence at different levels but certainly heavily influence by Labour Party. Also past generation influence by catholic social teachings.

Its not so long ago when a significant number of union offices had religious statues in their offices and union meetings would start of with prayers being recited particularly if the odd communist had managed to get into a position at national level. I suppose it was to keep them safe from godless influences a form of inoculation from the dangerous virus of think for yourself.

Fianna Fail carried a lot of influence inside public sector unions and more so in craft unions. Both parties pursued similar policies inside TU. The usual clarion call was “no politics” inside, which in affect was coded language to block and keep left ideas out, but carry on peddling establishment politics.

One reason why they have and can easily slip into partnership arrangements.


WorldbyStorm - April 12, 2011

Very very true.


4. Jim Monaghan - April 13, 2011

Martins father was in the NBU which was a very militant breakaway union. Many FFers in the unions were/are militant. A sort of unjoined up thinking as well as the usual cuts everywhere else type of thinking. Eg save our hospital, shut the one up the road. A comprehensive, uncontradictory world view is a rarity. Eg many decent people read the Irish Independent


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